Thursday, August 30, 2012


Aloha greeted the quilters for their first meeting of the new year.
The program presented was on Hawaiian quilting, its history, and a demonstration of typical needle turned quilting and the Two for One Hula pattern. We were introduced to stapler basting, quick fusing, folding and carefully cutting, all to produce these unique blocks in a very short time.
Summertime was not idle time for these quilters who shared their latest endeavors. Terry used the blocks from one of last seasons program to produce this wall hanging/table square.
Let me preface this with I hate t-shirt quilts, especially using shirts from size 2 to large adult. And yet, when my precious girl flops down beside me, batting those beautiful brown eyes, "Nana, could you make me a quilt from my tee shirts...for college." "Of course," I say, "love ya". ..AAGGHH,I must be crazy races across my brain, that's 2 months, AAGGHH. And yes, a t-shirt quilt for a granddaughter going off to college is shipping tomorrow.
And Nancy has been busy with all those charity quilts she makes from scraps of this and scraps of that. Here are two examples of those quilts.
Marilyn brought a hawaiian style needle turned project to show; Linda was quilting a runner from a slash and stack block class last season. Everyone, I think, was just glad to be back together to talk "quilting". Next month, there will be another exciting class, making "spinning art fabric" at Nancy's.
Mahalo Nui Loa
(Thank you very much)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ribbons Galore

The Iowa State Fair has the "Butter Cow" and anything fried on a stick as its claim to fame, BUT, folks from the Craft Guild of Iowa City's claim to fame is our whomping 62% of the ribbons awarded in Fabric and Threads.
The fair website which proclaims
Zeitler Sweeps the Talent in State Fair Weaving Competition
...yes, our own Deb Zeitler won the Sweepstakes award for her weaving talents, as he has for the last four years. She also collected the Best of Show for this handwoven alfgan. When asked how does she find the time, "...I just do, it goes quickly once I have a idea." (Not so true for this weaver)
Vicki Tardy won the Best of Show for her Handspun vest. The vest, a blend of fibers hand spun, handdyed and embellished. Now I don't know if this fiber was from her own critters, but it wouldn't surprise me. Remarkably, simply remarkable. There were a total of 8 blue ribbons (out of 9 categories, one of which didn't issue a blue ribbon), all the reds.
We received the top 3 ribbons in 6 classes of entries, and all 5 ribbons in the scarf category. All total, 53 of the 84 ribbons were awarded to the CGIC. It never ceases to amaze me the depth of talent in our guild.
Terry, Vicki, Betty S, Betty H, Jill, Linda, Bev, Cathy, and Deb entered items this year in towels, household linens, apparel, scarves for a total of 29 weaving, 11 knitting, and 2 basketry entries.
The excitement of the fair is evident on this first time participant. As you can see, the fair is not just for the seasoned and more experienced weavers, spinners, or knitters. Its a time and a place to share, to see and to be proud of your own and others talents. Congratulations one and all.